Dr. Abigail Adams

Professor, Department Chair


Contact Information

Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall 4160100

Phone: 860-832-2616

Email: Adams@ccsu.edu

Office Hours

Mon: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wed: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Thur: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

and by appointment

Abigail E. Adams, Ph.D., is a sociocultural anthropologist, professor at Central Connecticut State University and former journalist. She did her doctoral work at the University of Virginia, researching the role of U.S. and Maya evangelical Christians during Guatemala’s 36-years of civil war and counterinsurgency. She earned her master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and undergraduate degree from Haverford College in biology and anthropology. She has worked in Guatemala since studying Spanish there as an undergraduate in the first of the years of acute genocidal violence. She continues research on Maya cultural revitalization (including spirit possession), U.S.-Central American relations and post-violence civic culture, including ethno historical research on Guatemala’s 1944-1954 decade of progressive democracy, indigenismo, Antonio Goubaud Carrera and the subsequent 1954 CIA-sponsored coup d’etat.

Among other publications, she co-edited the 2013 book with Katherine Borland, International Volunteer Tourism: Critical Reflection on Good Works in Central America (Palgrave MacMillan Publications). In 2011, she published the co-edited book, with Timothy Smith, After the Coup: An Ethnographic Reframing of Guatemala 1954 (Urbana, Ill: University of Illinois Press).

She is opening new research on the gendering of environmental sustainability, and food security. She enjoys a degree of fluency in English, Spanish, and (with two weeks’ re-immersion) Q’eqchi’ Maya, as well as reading French and Portuguese.

Dr. Adams is active with the Guatemala Scholars Network (GSN), including as a member of its steering committee. She served on the Executive Committee of the Friends Assocaition for Higher Education (FAHE) from 2007 to 2013, and remains involved on its annual programming committee.

Courses Taught at CCSU:

  • ANTH 170 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 240 The Supernatural
  • ANTH 340 Theories of Culture
  • ANTH 374 Field Research Methods
  • ANTH 428 Cultures of Latin America
  • ANTH 490 Senior Thesis

She leads Field Schools in Cultural Anthropology to Central America on a regular basis (ANTH 451) and teaches in CCSU’s Honors Program.